Espionage

Season 1 Episode 13

Never Turn Your Back on a Friend

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 01, 1964 on NBC
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Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
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As World War II nears its end, three friends become aware that a new war - the Cold War - is about to begin.

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  • During World War II, a trio of spies (English, American, Russian) join forces to kidnap a German scientist. But will they fall out, now that the forthcoming Cold War seems likely to make enemies of friends?moreless

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    A very impressive episode, directed by the great Michael Powell and featuring one of his favourite actresses, Pamela Brown, in a key role.The story concerns changes in loyalties - a Russian, an American and an Englishman are the best of friends whilst functioning as a crack behind-the-lines commando team, but they know that, once the war is over, America and Russia will be deadly enemies; the Wernher von Braun-like scientist they have to kidnap could be most useful to either side in the Cold War in the future. Tensions mount between these friends, and the scientist ruthlessly plays on their divided allegiances. It was unusual in 1963 for TV drama to be so complex in its treatment of political situations.moreless

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    • The script is credited to "Mel Davenport" - a pseudonym covering the identity of Waldo Salt, a Hollywood writer blacklisted for a dozen years from 1950 because of his leftist sympathies. However, he had resumed a screenwriting career under his own name the year before this episode was aired, so why is this script credited to a nom-de-plume? One explanation may be that a detailed rewrite was anonymously done, at director Michael Powell's insistence, by the Canadian-born writer Larry Forrester, who did much British TV work and had recently been working on an (unrealised) movie project with Powell.

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